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  Cool map of every postcode in Victoria with numbers of Holdens and Fords
Jordan Oliver - 11:20pm, 10/10/14 - News/Updates

Hi all,

Just thought I'd join your forums as a Commodore lover/owner and to spread the word about this map I've created using FOI data we got from VicRoads.

It shows every postcode in Victoria and maps them out with either red (more Holdens), blue (more Fords), purple (exactly the same numbers) and yellow (we don't have data for these postcodes).
Obviously, there's plenty of blue around Geelong given the factory is (was) there - but overall, plenty of red around Victoria in most areas. As it should be!

Check it out: Are there more Holdens or Fords in your postcode? | The Courier


  Last GT Falcon rolls off the line as the first new model Falcon and Territory follow
Calaber - 5:42am, 10/10/14 - News/Updates

In today's Daily Tele is a photo of the last FG Falcon GT, together with the first new Falcon and Territory production cars. To me, the interesting thing is the name given to the two new models. The Territory appears to be the SZ Series II, but the Falcon has a banner over it calling it the FG X. I wonder if that will actually be the model designation?

While on the subject of the next Falcon, am I the only one who thinks it actually looks sharper and better than the VF? The new grille and overall front end design appeals to me and has a more integrated and modern appearance than the Commodore. The rear photos in the recent issue of Wheels also shows a design which is (IMO) nicer than the Commie.


  Gen-F gets 550kw inc. full driveline warranty - Walkinshaw
PIR4TE - 7:59am, 26/09/14 - News/Updates


Walkinshaw Performance has released its most powerful V8 package ever, boosting 6.0-litre Holden Commodore models to 500kW and 6.2-litre HSVs to a whopping 550kW.

The Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package is an enhanced version of the WPP230 Supercharger pack, and is limited to just 50 units.

For the first time ever, WPP has added a camshaft upgrade as part of the package, and in an industry first it will be the only supercharger/camshaft combination to come with a full driveline warranty.

Walkinshaw says the $24,490 package boosts outputs of 6.0-litre V8-powered [URL=""]Commodores to 500kW and 800Nm, and 6.2-litre [URL=""]HSV models to 550kW and 980Nm both easily outgunning the 430kW/740Nm [URL=""]HSV GTS.

The package can be fitted to all Holden VE and VF Commodore and HSV E Series and Gen-F models meaning a new 270kW Holden Commodore SS can be purchased and fitted with the 500kW pack for $66,480 and a new 317kW HSV ClubSport to 550kW for $85,480.

Each Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package engine will be individually numbered from 1-50 and fitted with a plaque with the signatures of all four current Walkinshaw Racing V8 Supercar drivers: Garth Tander, James Courtney, Tim Slade and Nick Percat.

The package includes the upgrade already available in the W457 and W497, with a Eaton Twin Vortices 2300 Series supercharger with Gen VI rotors, water-to-air intercooler, large high-flow injectors, custom moulded intercooler and heater hoses, cast aluminium coil covers, injection moulded cold air intake, heavy duty serpentine belt drive system with Goodyear Gatorback belt, 12-inch intake runners, self-contained oil system, ceramic coated headers, and a dual active cat back exhaust.

The camshaft and valve spring upgrade features an OEM-spec camshaft, cam sprocket, camshaft bolt set and crank bolt, as well as beehive-style valve springs, valve spring retainers and valve stem locks.

Completing the package are Walkinshaw Racing Edition decals, an SP2245 Tool Kit with WP Racing decal, full dyno tune from an authorised Walkinshaw Performance Centre, and a Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition certificate of authenticity.

Walkinshaw Performance general manger Tony Harris says the package "produces a level of excitement never felt before from a WPP-enhanced vehicle".

"From the beginning of this process, our goal was to engineer the most powerful upgrade to date for a road car from WPP without compromising driveability," Harris said.

"It evokes passion in a way that few can relate to unless perhaps you drive a V8 Supercar."

The Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package goes on sale on October 15.

  HSV Introduces Limited Edition "GTS Maloo"
Darren - 11:32pm, 12/09/14 - News/Updates

Australia's leading performance car manufacturer, HSV, has confirmed details of an exciting new limited edition model - the GTS Maloo.

Just 12 months since the launch of the GEN-F GTS, the most powerful production car ever built in Australia, HSV is set to launch a limited edition GTS Maloo which adopts the much acclaimed 430 kilowatt / 740 Newton-metre 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA engine, as well as many of GTS's safety and performance technologies.

HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson commented, "We have been working on this project for a couple of years now. There are a number of unique elements required to integrate the LSA into the Maloo platform, and significant time in getting all the safety and performance technologies to operate effectively."

"Every time we launch a vehicle is an exciting time, but we believe the GTS Maloo is something special and sets a new benchmark in the performance market" Jackson said.

Complementing the LSA powertrain will be HSV's premium braking package - light - weight AP radical forged 6-piston brake calipers with 390mm (front) and 372mm (rear) 2-piece rotors.

In addition, and what is believed to be a global first for a utility, the GTS Maloo will be fitted with Torque Vectoring. Currently only fitted to a few exclusive global marques and HSV's GEN-F GTS, Torque Vectoring helps reduce understeer by generating a "rotational moment" in the rear axle when the vehicle is under power. The vehicle's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system detects the understeer event, applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel.

The GTS Maloo's street presence will be clearly identifiable through the adoption of GTS's unique front fascia design that delivers both an aggressive stance and an extensive air-intake surface area to deliver the required engine cooling.

The GTS Maloo will be available with either a TR6060 (MG9 spec) 6-speed manual transmission with oil cooler and twin plate clutch, or an optional 6L90E 6-speed heavy duty automatic transmission with oil cooler.

HSV's unique Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), side skirts, twin-hump hard tonneau and performance sail-plane help complete the visual makeover and are complemented by light-weight 20" "Blade" forged alloy wheels presented in a new "Dark Stainless" finish. Shadow-chrome quad exhaust tips and a unique number plate surround paint-out combine to deliver an aggressive rear-end look with "LSA" and "GTS" badges adorning the tail-gate.

Concurrent with the launch of the GTS Maloo will be the introduction of two new colours to the HSV range: Some Like It Hot, a rich bronze/red, and Jungle Green, an iridescent olive green.

HSV Performance seats wrapped in Onyx leather trim, or the optional "Red Hot" leather trim, set off an interior which also features a broad range of driver convenience and safety technologies.

The GTS Maloo will feature HSV's Driver Preference Dial which facilitates the adjustment of the vehicle's ESC, Traction Control, Launch Control (manual transmission), Torque Vectoring, Electric Power Steering and new electric Bi-Modal Exhaust according to three distinct pre-set modes - Touring, Sport and Performance.

Head-up Display, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rain Sensing Wipers enhance the driver environment while the unique Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI) system provides the driver with all the performance data he or she will require.

Build of the GTS Maloo will be limited to just 250 vehicles (240 for Australia and 10 for New Zealand) with each build plate individually numbered.

Production is due to begin early November with vehicles expected to be available in dealerships later that month.

Source - HSV Media

  Victoria records lowest annual road toll in 89 years
ari666 - 1:29am, 5/09/14 - News/Updates

looks like the hoon laws and speed cameras are working.


Victoria's road toll last year was the state's lowest since 1924.

A total of 242 people died on Victorian roads last year, 40 fewer than in 2012.

There was a reduction in the number of young people involved in road trauma but a 38 per cent increase in the number of older drivers killed.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill says Victorians are getting the message about road safety.

"This would not have happened without the contributions of thousands of Victorians who have done their bit by heeding the messages," he said.

"Slowing down, not drinking and driving, taking rest breaks, putting the mobile phone away and belting up."

Roads Minister Terry Mulder says despite the results there is still plenty of work to be done.

"We know that we are only ever one bad week or one bad month away from losing those gains," Mr Mulder said.

"We need to continue to work together to come up with new initiatives and strategies to help us achieve our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries."

Police say the road toll data is provisional as some deaths may be removed or added.

Victoria records lowest annual road toll in 89 years - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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